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Warm Pearl Couscous Salad

25 min



Pearl couscous is technically not couscous, but more of a pasta. The small round wheat-based balls are pre-toasted, which gives them their unique chewy texture and nutty flavour. This salad is delicious enjoyed warm as a meal, or cold as a summery-salad main dish or side dish.



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  • 1 cup (200 g)
    uncooked pearl couscous
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
    olive oil
  • 2 cups (370 g)
    cooked chickpeas
  • 2 cups
    cherry tomato, quartered
  • ½ tsp
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • ½
    cucumber, sliced into half-moons
  • ¼ cup (34 g)
    sliced black olives
  • 3 Tbsp (17 g)
    fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp (3 g)
    fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp (2 g)
    fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
  • ¼ cup (32 g)
    roasted almonds, chopped (optional)


  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp (45 mL)
    red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp
    paprika powder
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  1. Cook the couscous according to the package instructions. When cooked, drain.
  2. Meanwhile, to a medium pan on medium-high heat, add the oil, chickpeas, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 - 7 minutes, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes have softened a little bit. Remove from the heat before the tomatoes become too soft.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the dressing.
  4. To a large bowl, add the drained couscous, tomato and chickpea mixture, cucumber slices, olives, and fresh herbs. Add the dressing, toss to combine, spinkle over the almonds, and enjoy!


  • The salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge separate from the dressing for up to 3 days. Combine the dressing and salad when ready to enjoy.

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Grains & Starches 30%

uncooked pearl couscous

Proteins 27%

cooked chickpeas

roasted almonds

Fruits & Veggies 43%

cherry tomato


sliced black olives

fresh mint leaves

fresh basil

fresh parsley

No significant sources of calcium

olive oil

sliced black olives

roasted almonds

olive oil

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Andreea - Jan. 18, 2022, 1:28 p.m.

I just did this recipe and I absolutely love it! Thank you!

PUL Team - Jan. 19, 2022, 5:24 p.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Andreea 😊

Pavithra - Jan. 17, 2022, 12:01 p.m.

One amazing recipe! Made it today for lunch and turned out absolutely delicious and filling.

The best thing about all your recipes is, all the wholesome ingredients and making it under 20-30 minutes.
Thank you for sharing!!

PUL Team - Jan. 18, 2022, 12:20 a.m.

We're so thrilled it was enjoyed, Pavithra - thank you!

Angèlica Piña - Jan. 17, 2022, 6:34 a.m.

This is one of my favorite things to make ! I swapped the tomatoes for red peppers. Thank you so much, this recipe is an absolute winner.

PUL Team - Jan. 18, 2022, 12:18 a.m.

Mm a delicious substitute, Angèlica - thank you!

Joe Homewood - Jan. 12, 2022, 7:10 p.m.

Favourite go to easy dinner

Karla - Jan. 12, 2022, 9:22 a.m.

Every couscous is basically pasta. ;)
Thanks for the great recipe!

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

Hehe so happy it's being enjoyed, Karla ☺️

Jana Isa - Jan. 4, 2022, 8:49 p.m.

Easy and delicious! Thank you!

Mona - Dec. 31, 2021, 2:40 p.m.

I made this today for nye and it was amazing! Really easy to make, but still very flavourful!

PUL Team - Jan. 1, 2022, 5:11 a.m.

So glad to hear, Mona, and wishing you a very happy new year 😃

Marie-Claude - Dec. 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m.

Made this for Christmas and everyone loved it! Fresh and easy to make. Perfect with our vegan tourtiere!

PUL Team - Dec. 26, 2021, 7:59 p.m.

So honoured the salad was part of the special occasion, Marie-Claude! Thanks a bunch for sharing 🤗

Sandra from Washington state - Oct. 23, 2021, 8:31 a.m.

My husband and I made this for dinner tonight and we give it a 2 thumbs up! It was delicious, lots of flavors and the dressing was very complimentary and tied it all together. Loved all the colors in this plate. I have shared this recipe with my sister in Hawaii. I plan to make it again. Thank you for dinner! 😋

Sandra from Washington state.

PUL Team - Oct. 23, 2021, 4:58 p.m.

Hello Sandra, thank YOU for the very kind words and glowing review! Hugs to Washington state 🤗

Saaniyah Sajed - Oct. 12, 2021, 11:11 p.m.

Super easy and so delicious :)) i made a bunch for the rest of the week. Thanks!!

Zulma - Sept. 30, 2021, 5:17 a.m.

So yummy!

Remy - Sept. 26, 2021, 2:36 a.m.

Loved it! So fresh, filling, and healthy. A winner for picnics.

Lavanya - Sept. 15, 2021, 4:40 p.m.

Made this for dinner last night and my family loved it! Filling, flavorful and healthy!!

Ranim - Sept. 15, 2021, 2:16 p.m.

This is easily one of my favourite PUL salad recipes, very delicious ! Sometimes I make it without basil and parsley but still so yummy 😋

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2021, 5:09 p.m.

So happy to hear, Ranim, thanks for taking the time to share this 😃

Leyla - Sept. 11, 2021, 4:53 p.m.

Without being vegan, I love ALL your receipts
Thank you so much for sharing

The Aspiring Vegans - Aug. 20, 2021, 6:37 a.m.

Dear PUL team, you have outdone yourselves!

You have taken something that I always believed to be super hard, "being vegan", and turned it into this delicious adventure. This recipe is how I started my veganism journey. Thank you for all the amazing work that you are doing! Please bring more amazing recipes like this one. They are a true culinary inspiration :)

Yours truly,
The Aspiring Vegans

PUL Team - Aug. 23, 2021, 9:06 p.m.

Aww you are much too sweet! Thank you for the kind words and feedback, it means so much that PUL is part of your vegan journey 🥰

Taiwanese Papaya - Aug. 20, 2021, 5:45 a.m.

It's so good! An explosion of flavours! Even my boyfriend who does not usually eat salads loved it. I use whatever herbs I have on hand and any kind of roasted nut, although almonds are superb. Thank you so much for this recipe <3

Leslie - Aug. 8, 2021, 8:29 p.m.


Jess - July 29, 2021, 12:18 p.m.

I tried this recipe and ate it cold on the beach and loved it! The roasted almonds are optional but I highly reccomend them! The nutty flavour compliments the dish really well and it gives it a crunch! Also, the herbs and lemon give it a freshness which is perfect for Summer!

PUL Team - July 30, 2021, 12:28 a.m.

So thrilled you enjoyed this one, Jess! Thank you for sharing your experience with the recipe ☺️

Kayla - July 27, 2021, 6:35 a.m.

I didn't have couscous on hand at the time I wanted to make this so I made it with quinoa and I also only had cilantro, which I finely chopped up the whole bunch and tossed it was AMAZING! Fresh, zesty and delicious, it was perfect!! I love that this dish is so versatile, you can use pretty much whatever you've got on hand if you're not in the mood to make a special trip to the store.

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 7:58 a.m.

Mmm sounds like a yummy substitute, Kayla! Thanks a bunch for sharing 🤗

Magdalena - July 26, 2021, 9:53 a.m.

This is a hit! I swear I ate it every week since it appeared on the blog.
Great for hot Spanish weather.
Thanks for sharing your recipes:*

Hannah - July 25, 2021, 10:29 a.m.

Tried this recipe the day it came onto the website. So delicious and fresh. Instead of basil or parsley we used up some coriander in the fridge and it worked perfectly. Much love.

Shweta Parkash - July 24, 2021, 9:51 p.m.

Omg this is one of my favorite recipes so quick to make and so zesty. A great way to use couscous. Thank you for doing all the hard work sadia and making it so easy for us. Thank u. Btw love the new website. Great job as usual.

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 8:18 p.m.

Aww you're too kind, Shweta! It means so much to hear. Thank you for being here 💖

Jessy - July 24, 2021, 6:24 p.m.

Soooo good! Full of flavor and works perfectly for meal prepping

Christina - July 23, 2021, 10:12 p.m.

LOVE. Made with brown rice bc I’m gluten free and a Prosecco white wine vinegar. Will definitely be making this again - so soooo good!

Kirsten - July 23, 2021, 6:29 p.m.

This salad was a hit all around! I made it and brought it as a veggie side dish to a friend’s for dinner and adults and kids alike loved it. It was so easy to make and tasted fresh and healthy. Loved the tip about lightly roasting the pearl couscous ahead of time.

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 8:48 p.m.

We're so glad the salad was enjoyed, Kirsten! Thank you for sharing 😊

MKP - July 22, 2021, 7:49 p.m.

I made this salad to go with lamb wraps and it was so good!

Huda kashif - July 18, 2021, 3:36 a.m.

So refreshing !! salads have never been more delicious :P

Cris S - July 17, 2021, 8:03 a.m.

I made this in 'salad-in-a-jar' style for work and it was brilliant! That mintiness is so great! 😁

Meg - July 15, 2021, 1:41 p.m.

We tried this recipe a couple weeks ago and have been loving it since :) Such a flavorful salad that comes together so quickly.....I tried to prepare this salad using rice instead of couscous and that tasted amazing as well!!

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 1:53 a.m.

Ooo rice is a lovely idea, Meg! So thrilled the salad was enjoyed 😃

Celina - July 12, 2021, 7:38 p.m.

This was the best salad I ever had. Today I made it for the second time already because it tastes so good. Delicious :-)

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 1:43 a.m.

Oh so lovely, Celina, thanks for sharing your review with us :)

Jillian Kayleigh - July 10, 2021, 2:37 p.m.

I have made this pearl couscous recipe last week and doubled up, so I could take it to work aswell. One word needed to describe how it tasted: delicious. I did use less dressing, since I'm not much of a dressing girl + I didn't have fresh basil at home, so I left that out. It was perfect! Hot ánd cold.

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 1:49 a.m.

Woo! Thank you for sharing, Jillian, so happy you enjoyed this one ✨

CJ - July 9, 2021, 8:17 a.m.

One of the best salad recipes I've tried!

Lil Lesl - July 8, 2021, 11:22 p.m.

This salad rules. It's so quick and easy to make on a weeknight. Other than the herbs, cucumbers, and tomatoes, it's mostly made of shelf-stable items. The "warm" aspect of it is satisfying, too. I recommend slowly integrating the dressing to your taste. (I only used half of the recommended amount.) I don't often have enough salad for leftovers (cuz it's so stinkin good), so I might try doubling the recipe. Approved by my picky omnivore partner.

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 2:59 p.m.

We appreciate this review and the recommendations so much, Lil Lesl! Be sure to use our scaling up feature (the plus button near the serving size) if you're interested 😃

Victoria - July 8, 2021, 7:26 p.m.

Lovely refreshing colorful meal! I used apple cider vinegar and lime juice, instead, since I didn't have any red wine vinegar or lemon juice. The fresh herbs makes it so aromatic.

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 6:52 p.m.

Thanks for sharing, Victoria, so glad you enjoyed it ✨

Kana - July 8, 2021, 7:16 p.m.

So simple and easy. I love this salad I made already 3,4 times. When I watched this recipe for the first time, I was skeptical because the dressing ingredients were too simple BUT this salad is very flavorful and soo yummy that I can’t stop eating it! It’s light and refreshing. Thank you for sharing:)

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 6:51 p.m.

We're so glad the salad was a success, Kana! Thanks for the review 😃

Shradha - June 30, 2021, 4:53 p.m.

Was such a wholesome and yummy salad. Loved all the textures in every bite.

I used pearl barley and add a toasted seed mix in addition to the toasted almonds. Was quite filling for lunch.

PUL Team - June 30, 2021, 5:26 p.m.

Love the addition of extra seeds, Shradha, thanks for the review!

Ellen Meuller - June 10, 2021, 4:55 p.m.

This was ABSOLUTELY delish! I kept the dressing entirely on the side for my guests as i am not so fond of vinegar, and the salad itself has such immense flavors

PUL Team - June 12, 2021, 2:54 a.m.

Thank you for taking the time to share this, Ellen, and so happy the salad was enjoyed 🤩

Sarah Seiner - June 9, 2021, 2:42 p.m.

Dear PUL-Team!
I really love your work and you have helped and inspired me in many, many ways!! Your new website is stunning and I really like the new features, which are so cool and helpful. I had/ have struggles with my relationship with food, especially calorie counting and I think your messages about food and also the text above the nutrition info is great. But the amount of calories per portion pops up when you google a recipe even if you don`t want to see it.
I hope you know what I mean. For me and I also think for many others it would be really helpful if it wasn`t written there - so that you only see it if you decide to read it.
Thank you for your great work, you have influenced my life in so many positive ways!
Lots of love from Austria (so also sorry if there are any mistakes:))

PUL Team - June 12, 2021, 2:15 a.m.

Oh my goodness, Sarah, you're a gem! 😍 We're very grateful to have you in our PUL family and are so appreciative of the constructive feedback. It totally makes sense and we'll be looking into it! Sending lots of love back to Austria 🥰

Bea - June 3, 2021, 10:29 p.m.

Fantastic salad! So fresh and flavorful ! Great video too!

Sophie - June 2, 2021, 6:46 p.m.

I just made this salad for my lunch and was delicious! It was also very filling (probably because I couldn't help myself and ate half of it in one sitting) I had to made a couple adjustments though :

- Did not cook the chickpeas and tomatoes because I don't really like cooked tomatoes (and because I'm too lazy)
- Used rice vinegar instead of white wine vinegar and pearl barley instead of pearl couscous because that's what I had on hand

It was a refreshing burst of flavor! :)

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 7:39 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Sophie! We appreciate you sharing this so much 😃

Akshita - June 1, 2021, 6:08 a.m.

This salad is AMAZING.. easy, burst of flavors and warm comforting ❤️

Loved it!

Note: I only had mint and cilantro in herbs so I used those. I used apple cider vinegar and used roasted sunflower seeds.

PUL Team - June 4, 2021, 3:33 p.m.

We're so happy you enjoyed the salad, Akshita! Thank you for sharing 😃

Shafiya khanum - May 29, 2021, 7 a.m.

Love this recipe p